Atkins Mayonnaise
Net Carbs
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Style: American
Cook Time: Minutes
Phase: Phase 1









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  • 2 large Egg Yolk
  • 4 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 0.25 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Store bought mayonnaise may be convenient, but it's usually made with soybean oil and often with added sugar.  Homemade mayonnaise is delicious, especially spooned over steamed vegetables.  Use it to make tuna, shrimp, or egg salad or as a base for dips or sauces such as Tartar Sauce and Rémoulade.  See additional variations below.  Each serving is 2 Tbsp.

  1. Combine egg yolks, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper in a medium bowl; add oil in a slow and steady stream, whisking constantly until sauce is very thick.
  2. Serve immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 4 days. If mayonnaise is too thick, stir in 1 to 2 tsp of water to thin.

Blender Mayonnaise:  Assemble ingredients for Mayonnaise, substituting two whole eggs for the egg yolks.  Combine eggs, lemon juice, mustard salt and pepper in a blender and pulse to combine.  With blender running on low speed, pour in the oil in a thin, steady stream.  If the mixture becomes too thick and oil is no longer incorporating, pulse the blender.

Herb Mayonnaise:  Prepare Mayonnaise according to directions, adding 6 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley, cilantro, thyme or basil.

Lime Mayonnaise:  Prepare Mayonnaise according to directions, substituting lime juice for the lomon juice and adding 4 teaspoons lime zest.

Chili-Cilantro Mayonnaise:  Prepare Mayonnaise according to directions, substituting lime juice for the lemon juice and adding 6 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro and 4 teaspoons chili powder.

How to Calculate Net Carbs

In order to calculate Net Carbs of any whole food item, it's a simple calculation based on the Nutrition Facts panel:

Total Carbohydrates - (Minus) Dietary Fiber = (Equals) Net Carbs

For low carb products sweetened with sugar alcohols (ie: glycerin, maltitol, etc), refer to the Nutrition Facts panel of the product:

Total Carbohydrates - (Minus) Dietary Fiber - (Minus) Sugar alcohol = Net carbs

This reflects the fact that Dietary Fiber doesn't impact blood sugar levels. Sugar alcohols also have a negligible impact on blood sugar, they too are subtracted from total carbs to yield the Net Carb count.